NYB&G of Raleigh Celebrates Royal Wedding Dress Inspiration

Watters by Wtoo, style 10104, Kensington: This eloquent sheath offers the perfect highlights for brides seeking a figure-flattering wedding dress. Sophisticated long sleeves also showcase the corded Alencon Lace. Enjoy the detailed floral pattern from head to toe. Available sizes: 00-32W. Available dress colors: Ivory and Light Nude. Available lining colors: Oyster or Ivory.

With the Royal Wedding countdown officially on, everyone is on pins and needles to see the bridal gown Meghan Markle wears for her spectacular nuptials to dashing Prince Harry next month. It is no secret that royal weddings inspire brides around the globe for decades to come. For instance, long-sleeve styles have remained popular since Princess Kate wore them for her royal wedding. Discover more below:

Kate Middleton-inspired lace

Kate Middleton has displayed the ornate lace pattern, now considered her signature look, from galas to political events, but her stunning Alexander McQueen wedding gown is what inspired the trend of sumptuous floral applique lining illusion sleeves and necklines. Middleton’s gown combined the elegant floral motif lace with a narrow waistline, a padded Victorian-style semi-bustle, and a sweeping cathedral train that delighted the inner princess of brides worldwide. Discover more lace trends at Dress Anomalie

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Madeline Gardner, Morilee style 5602, Kelsey: The stunning visual elements captivate thanks to sculpted embroidery along the illusion neckline and sheer long sleeves. This ballgown features soft English Net for the ultimate comfort and flow. The zipper back is finished with covered buttons. Available sizes: 0-28. Available colors: Ivory/Rose, Ivory and White.

Setting Trends from Neckline to Hem Line

Traditional gown styles offer a timeless romance. But regardless of whether you prefer to borrow from the past or set your own trend, New York Bride & Groom of Raleigh has an unbeatable dress and tuxedo selection. Inspired designs and popular pricing are yours to discover in every department. While you’re browsing for the perfect wedding gown, your ladies can peruse the latest bridesmaid styles, while the gents find their attire in our separate rental tuxedo department. NYB&G of Raleigh simplifies your entire shopping experience.

Speaking of wedding trends: Read more about the history of wearing white on your big day:

Wedding traditions may have relaxed in recent decades, but one thing stays the same: the bride wears white. Sure, there are plenty of options out there for the iconoclasts among us. But as of last year, colored gowns accounted for only 4 to 5% of sales at popular retailer David’s Bridal.

Like any number of traditions, the white wedding dress comes to us straight from the Victorian era—in fact, from Queen Victoria herself, who was married to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha on this day, Feb. 10, 175 years ago. Yet when she chose white silk-satin for her wedding, the choice was almost as iconoclastic as it would have been for Catherine Middleton to walk down the aisle in scarlet.

Victoria was not the first royal to choose white for her nuptials—several others, including Mary Queen of Scots in 1558, preceded her—but she is the one widely credited with changing the norm. Just a few years after her wedding, a popular lady’s monthly called white “the most fitting hue” for a bride, “an emblem of the purity and innocence of girlhood, and the unsullied heart she now yields to the chosen one.” Read more from Time

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Kenneth Winston, style 1686: This stylish sheath boasts Chantilly lace and beaded detailing. The plunging neckline flows into fitted cap sleeves for a polished silhouette. Pearls and crystals adorn and catch the light throughout. Enjoy the illusion back for added interest. Available sizes: 2-28. Available colors: White/White/Silver, Light Gold/Ivory Silver or Ivory/Ivory/Silver (pictured above).

Indulge Your Inner Princess at NYB&G

We believe you should shop when it’s convenient for you. So, stop by the salon any time during regular hours; you never need an appointment. Our bridal consultant team is dedicated to offering you the most wonderful shopping experience possible. From the latest trends to Old Hollywood glamour to boho chic, NYB&G of Raleigh has your dream wedding dress just waiting to be discovered.

Just like we’re all waiting to discover more about the princess-to-be’s royal wedding fashion:

Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement last fall, speculation has swirled around what the actress’s springtime wedding look will be when the couple ties the knot at Buckingham Palace next month. Fortunately for Markle, there exists an archival menu of royal bridal beauty quite literally fit for a queen — or a princess, or a duchess, as the case may be.

A quick look back sees a pervasive penchant for delicate headwear — the royals do love a crown, after all—and an overall wash of classic glamour that renders each moment timeless, if not easily adaptable. When Wallis Simpson wed the Duke of Windsor in 1937, the then-socialite reached for a hat adorned with a halo of feathers and tulle, all the better to augment her less-than-traditional robin’s-egg blue dress. Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond fringe tiara supposedly broke right before the 1947 ceremony, mended just in time to top a carefully curled brunette coif and a smattering of pearls. Read more from Vogue

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